Tuesday, December 1, 2015


Currently in Location (Low aa Conditions High bb) 

We thought that the pumpkin extravaganza for this year was pretty much over, except for pumpkin pie for the holidays. We were are at a farmers market and saw pumpkin cornbread. We of course bought some and it was good. That got us thinking of the best pumpkin we had this year, the final four so to speak. Here they are not in any particular order, first Krispy Kreme Pumpkin Spice donuts.

Pumpkin Spice Popcorn from Costco.

Pumpkin Spice Scones from Trader Joe's.

Pumpkin Cheesecake at Ruby Tuesdays, one of the best we have ever had.

We had some others that were really good like the Pumpkin Spice Donettes and Edwards Pumpkin Spice Pie, Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Milanos, and a good pumpkin pie concrete at Freddys. 

So much pumpkin, so little time! 

We have not done a good job blogging lately. One of the reasons is that Bob has been doing a lot of research on Obamacare for 2016 and we will have a future blog posting on that on other topics as we hopefully become a little bit more regular in our blogging.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, November 12, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 40 Sunny High 73) 

We have to say as senior citizens we agree with this,

Experience never gets old. Although we may disagree with the premise of the movie, that a retiree would be bored and would look to an internship at a startup internet company, we felt that this was a good movie to see.

Recently widowed Ben Whittaker (Robert De Niro) becomes a senior intern at a clothing supply internet company run by Jules Olsen (Anne Hathaway). Ben's business acumen and lessons learned from a long life help him develop friendships and assist the struggling company.

Great acting as usual from these two and others. We really enjoyed the home burglary scene. Once we got past the feeling that you could be bored in retirement we really enjoyed the movie and recommend it.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 50 Cloudy High 68) 

With our limited closet space we have drastically reduced the number of t-shirts, and overall clothing we have purchased since we began fulltiming over 6 years ago. The Kansas City Royals' magical run to a World Series title caused us to make a few purchases. First when the Royals won the American League Pennant we bought these.

Then when the Royals won the World Series we bought these, one for each of us.

Then we saw this on Facebook

Bob graduated from Iowa State with a BS in Mechanical Engineering a long time ago, so long that he started out with a slide rule :-)

It has been so long ago that Jo thinks that Bob could make money by not wearing the shirt since Iowa State would not want that to be known.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, November 5, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 45 Sunny High 66)

We certainly learned a lot more about weather during our summer in the blast furnace that is the valley of the sun, the greater Phoenix Arizona area, than we really wanted to learn.

Monsoons - we thought the monsoon season was in the tropics but the Phoenix area has what they call the monsoon season. The hurricanes in the Caribbean get more press coverage but the same weather pattern that causes those hurricanes also kick up fronts off of the western side of Mexico. Unlike Hurricane Patricia which went northeast into Mexico most of the storms head northwest out to sea. The moisture from those fronts is drawn up into Arizona for the monsoon season from June 15 to September 30. Mid-July to mid-August is the peak. Arizona gets about half its annual rainfall during this period. 

Monsoons kick off some interesting weather. We had 60mph winds blowing rain and dust at us and 100mph winds reported. During monsoons there can be supercells and microbursts which we had heard about. But we learned two more weather items; gustnados and cold-air funnels. There were some amazing photos during this monsoon season.

Gustnado - a specific type of short-lived, low-level rotating cloud that can form in a severe thunderstorm, or a monsoon. Here is one from the news cast.

Cold-Air Tornado - cold-air funnel clouds are usually short-lived and generally much weaker than the vortices produced by supercells. Although cold-air funnels rarely make ground contact, they make touch down briefly and become weak tornadoes or waterspouts. Here is a rare cold-air tornado taken from the news broadcast that occurred in Goodyear Arizona where we stayed all summer. We were in Flagstaff at the time.

We saw some great sunsets aided by the monsoon activity.

A valley photographer developed a 9 minute movie on this monsoon season. Here is a link to that story and hopefully the news story they showed on Fox 10 Phoenix. For Marvel Cinematic Universe fans some of his earlier storm footage was featured in 'Thor'.

At first we were a little dubious about the monsoon season since whenever they talk about a lot of rain it is usually 1 inch or less. But it only took one time driving in the high winds, and what rain they get is usually in a very short time, to truly understand what the monsoon season was all about.

Now that summer has passed we can say that we like being in Arizona again. Seems like we went from triple digits to our regular winter weather real fast. Last night the temperature was 55 while watching the weather at 9:20p. During the summer one time we saw 107, yes, still triple digits at that time of the day. Not just that day but triple digits a number of days hanging around that late. We are so looking forward to a nice winter here.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, October 31, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 55 Sunny High 79) 

When we started the blog we decided it would only be travel and food and avoid religion and politics. As Linus from the Charlie Brown strip said, "There are three things that I've learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin."

In spite of that advice and our earlier feelings we offer this nonpartisan 3 point plan to fix our current political system, because it is broke. We have heard that we need a third party but we believe we already have three parties; Democrat, Republican and Washington. No matter what the great intentions are with the newbies once they get to Washington they only worry about being able to get reelected and not doing what is best for the country. Here is the 3 Point Plan.

1. Term Limits - the Founding Fathers never intended Congress to be a lifetime job.

2. All laws passed should apply to everyone including all elected officials but especially Senators and Representatives. For instance, imagine how they would feel if Social Security was their pension and not the outlandish pension they awarded themselves?

3. Any entity that receives federal funding should not be allowed to donate to political candidates or lobby for funding. Ridiculous that we send them tax dollars so that they can send it back to Senators and Representatives to get more tax dollars for funding and support.

The path forward is a Constitutional Convention since we cannot count on the Senators and Representatives to vote for these changes to the Constitution. This Constitutional Convention should address Term Limits since a previous attempt was deemed unconstitutional, and probably address the applicability of laws to Congress since they would also never do this on their own. Political contributions would probably also need an Amendment since it has some free speech implications. Any other amendments to the Constitution could be considered at that same Convention. Then 2/3rds of the States would have to approve the Amendment(s).

No matter what the politicians say during the election cycles, they are only out for one thing and that is for themselves.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Friday, October 30, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 57 Slight Chance Rain Early Then Sunny High 78) 

With the lowering temperatures we have found ourselves to be more active so we went to a couple of movies recently, 'The Intern' and 'Woodlawn'. Today we will talk about 'Woodlawn' and we will cover 'The Intern' later.

'Woodlawn' tells the true story of Tony Nathan, a black running back at a previously all-white school in Birmingham Alabama in the early 70s. This is a story that if you pitched it and it wasn't real it might not have been made because it is kind of unbelievable. Amidst great racial tension at the school and on the football team an outsider from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes asks to speak to the team and is given 10 minutes. One hour later and he is still speaking. He asks the team to give themselves to Jesus Christ and they do. That starts something where the team gets along better which spreads to the school. There is a student led prayer group in the gym where black and white students pray together. It spreads to a rival team whose quarterback is Jeff Rutledge.

The rivals play in the highest attended high school football game in Alabama history. Tony and Jeff go on to play at Alabama and win a National Championship. They both play in the NFL for multiple seasons, Jeff for the Giants and Tony for the Dolphins, and in two Super Bowls each. You can't make this stuff up.

We have to say that Christian movies have come a long way. We used to go to them to support the struggling genre but to be brutally honest that although the stories were good sometime the movies weren't. The acting, by actors you never saw before, wasn't the greatest. The directing suffered a little too. But now you recognize the actors, the writing is top notch, the directing is spot on, these are really good movies that happen to have a Christian theme.

So if you like a good sports story, this is a movie for you. If you like sports and Christian movies, you are in for a real treat.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, October 24, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 65 Sunny High 86) 

First of all admiration for the Toronto Blue Jays who are a great team who just ran into a slightly better team this year.

The above is the historic Union Station in Kansas City, Missouri.

It's on to the World Series against the New York Mets beginning Tuesday night.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, October 21, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 65 Rain High 80) 

We have wanted to attend for a long time and inspired by blogs that we follow that have attended the last couple years we made reservations to the 2016 International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque. This was the first year the reservations were online and there were some hiccups early in the morning yesterday but we finally got in.

In honor of the next "Star Wars" movie later this year.

We are looking forward to being front row at this event. We are in the 'President's Compound' on a bluff overlooking the launch field. Hopefully we can just sit in our lawn chairs and watch all the activities.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, October 15, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 70 Sun and Clouds High 97) 

RV Furniture isn't the highest quality and the recliners in our new Lifestyle more than lived up to that. Bob's was difficult to recline and you needed to know the 'secret handshake' which Jo could never master. She could never get the tongue just right. Jo's developed a lean to the right and neither one had the back support these old backs need. We probably could have gotten replacements since under warranty but then we would still have lower quality furniture.

Friends of ours swear by the Ekornes Stressless Recliners so we visited a showroom. Once we were seated we knew these were what we needed. Turns out they are endorsed by the American Chiropractic Association. This is what we ended up with.

They were delivered this morning, tonight is our first TV watching experience in our new recliners.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Tuesday, October 13, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 72 Mostly Sunny High 100) 

Returning to the heat is an understatement, it is forecasted to be 100 or over for the next couple of days. The overnight lows in Goodyear were hotter than the daytime highs that we had in Flagstaff for our entire stay. We got back yesterday after 2 great weeks in the cooler temps, we even had to run the heat pump overnight a few nights.

The stay was fortuitous as our bedroom air conditioner went on the fritz. The portable air conditioner that we bought until we could get the repair done just did not provide the comfort that we were looking for. We escaped to the higher elevation of Flagstaff and extended our stay to make sure the replacement parts would be delivered. The repairs are planned for later today.

Our laptop was out of commission so we have some blogging to do on our stay in Flagstaff which we will have in the near future now that the laptop has been repaired. We visited a historic church, The Church of the Nativity.

We walked the rim trail of Walnut Canyon.

We took a day trip to Sedona.

More on each of those later.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Wednesday, October 7, 2015


Currently in Flagstaff AZ (Low 42 Partly Cloudy High 61) 

It has been a long time since we last blogged. The constant heat in the valley of the sun was oppressing. There were some evenings we were watching the weather at 9:30 p.m. and it was 105 degrees at that time. For the third time we were able to escape the heat, this time we went to back to Flagstaff. 

We were surprised to see the trees already changing colors. In the valley even though the calendar says fall the temperatures say summer.

It is nice that at night we have had to run the heat and the fireplace sure has made the evenings watching television and the cold mornings cozy.

We will be able to blog on some of our activities here later, sure is nice to be able to head out when we want instead of having to worry about it being too hot.

We close with one more for our weather bug followers, a cold air tornado was spotted near Goodyear where we stay and we took this photo from the weather broadcast. A cold air tornado is usually short-lived and generally much weaker than the vortices produced by a warm air tornadoes and rarely make ground contact. We had never heard of the previously mentioned gustnado and now a cold air tornado before our stay in the valley of the sun.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Thursday, September 10, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low aa Conditions High bb)

On September 10, 2009 we slept the first night in our Carriage Cameo at Peculiar Park Place RV Park in Peculiar MO and started our full-timing adventure. On this, our 6th anniversary we thought we would give a little review of those 6 years.

On the first anniversary after traveling to Texas and then to Arizona we were back at Peculiar Park Place RV Park. On our second anniversary we were at Broken Arrow Campground in Custer SD. On the third we were at Adventureland Campground in Des Moines IA. On the 4th we were at an Extended Stay Hotel in Overland Park KS while our Cameo was getting remodeled with a new refrigerator, dishwasher and flooring. On the 5th we were getting snowed on at the Buffalo KOA in Buffalo WY.

We left Buffalo WY and headed to Denver for Bob's beryllium testing. Our friends Bob and Wilma were able to visit Denver the same time we were there. It was great to see them and spend some time with them. After they left we had a bad storm and had some hail damage. We left Denver and stopped in Colorado Springs, Eagle Nest NM, Albuquerque, Gallup NM, Winslow AZ and spent a couple of weeks in Congress AZ before getting to Goodyear.

Since the almost 1 foot of snow in Buffalo WY we haven't seen much cool temperatures. Or at least it feels that way as we have been in Goodyear Arizona since mid-November. The summers here are something to avoid, it's a fry heat. While in Goodyear we got a new home in February, a Lifestyle LS38RS.

Here are some of our favorite photographs over the last year.

With all the ups and downs we cannot think of a better way to visit the country. If things happen you have to be somewhere and most of the time it has been at our choosing.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Currently in Goodyear AZ (Low 88 Sunny High 109) 

For our Destiny RV Park friends, here is some of the damage from the monsoon earlier this week.

We now know more about Arizona weather than we ever planned to.

Till next time,

Bob and Jo